Hamdan bin Mohammed launches Partners for Pioneering to Enhance Government Performance

27 June 2022
  • Hamdan bin Mohammed: Elite entities will drive other government entities towards leadership, affirming Dubai's position as a global destination to live, work and invest in
  • Seven cooperation agreements signed between 14 government entities

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 27 June 2022 – His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Executive Council, launched the Leadership Partners initiative which aims to drive government excellence in all fields.

Elite government entities, such as DEWA, Dubai Police and RTA, will cooperate with other departments to facilitate the rapid exchange of knowledge and enhance public services through a whole-of-government strategic approach. A total of 14 government entities have signed partnership agreements as part of the program, which will include training, reporting and employee secondments.

His Highness said: “Dubai is a city of pioneering and to maintain this status, government entities have a responsibility to act with speed and efficiency to deliver on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Greater harmony between all government departments will unlock new synergies that advance our shared goals of maintaining Dubai’s position as a global destination”.

His Highness added: "We launched the ‘Partners for Pioneering’ initiative, marking a new era for elite entities in the Dubai government team. It will see us go further and faster to promote close cooperation and partnership between various entities to take our performance to new heights. Real leadership requires effective partnerships, where all players advance with the same speed and efficiency towards achieving common strategic goals”.


The ‘Partners for Pioneering’ initiative comes under the umbrella of the Dubai Government Excellence Program, part of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai.

Leadership in government work

His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Government Excellence Program said: “The Partners for Pioneering’ initiative will promote teamwork and the transfer of knowledge between various government entities in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The government teams are among the best and brightest and this initiative will ensure they remain the best in the field.”

His Excellency added: “The Dubai Government Excellence Program plays a vital role in spearheading government work and providing effective tools to improve performance and enhance efficiency and effectiveness. The Dubai Executive Council will closely monitor the progress of the ‘Partners for Pioneering’ initiative and ensure it achieves its objectives in accordance with the highest standards of performance”.

A global leader of excellence

For his part, Dr. Hazza Al Nuaimi, General Coordinator of the Dubai Government Excellence Program, said: "The ‘Partners for Pioneering’ initiative comes in line with the leadership's directives aimed at strengthening Dubai's position as a global leader for excellence in the government services systems, which is a goal that all government entities seek to achieve."

“The initiative aims to improve the overall performance of government entities by transforming the mechanism of sharing experiences and exchanging knowledge into a daily practice that is part of the DNA across the government of Dubai and its employees. It will further enhance efficiency, productivity and consolidate the team spirit & the ‘one government’ concept.” He added.

Classification Index

The Dubai Government Excellence Program places entities in one of three levels based on scores evaluation: Elite Level (600-plus marks), Excellence Level (450-600) and the Basic Level (fewer than 450). Leadership Partners will be selected according to the level of excellence, marks, nature of the entity's work, budget size, number of employees.

Work Mechanism for Leadership Partners Initiative

The Dubai Government Excellence Program will manage the initiative, select government entities from the Elite and Excellent categories, and link them with partner entities in the Basic Level to develop them through a two-year partnership agreement, which can be extendable.  Teams from participating parties have been instructed to hold meeting and create an integrated program for self-assessment, provide training and identify priorities and opportunities for improvement. Elite entities will transfer knowledge, experiences, and success stories to those seeking to develop their performance through knowledge-sharing workshops.

Elite entities will review the details of the program, initiatives and projects that contributed to their excellence and leadership and share them with those seeking to develop their performance through a series of seminars, meetings and field visits.

Roles and Responsibilities

All participating entities within the ‘Partners for Pioneering’ will be responsible for ensuring full cooperation and providing resources for the development and continuous follow-up of work. The Dubai Government Excellence Program will manage the initiative, general supervision, and follow-up of work progress, and adopt an integrated plan with the goals and responsibilities of distinguished entities and those seeking to develop their performance. It will also implement a clear mechanism to evaluate entities participating in the initiative during the next two years.


The program will implement a clear mechanism for evaluating the supporting entities participating in the initiative during the next evaluation cycle. The result of this evaluation will be taken into consideration as an additional incentive to the overall score of those entities within the next evaluation cycle, at a rate that will be determined later through the evaluation criteria for the entities participating in the improvement program.

Seven Agreements

In its first edition, the Leadership Partners initiative witnessed the signing of seven partnership agreements between 14 government entities, including: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with Dubai Government Human Resources Department, Dubai Police with Community Development Authority, Roads and Transport Authority with the Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs with Dubai Culture, Dubai Customs with Dubai Government Legal Affairs Department, Dubai Municipality with Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation and Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Sports Council.